Merike Blofield

Professor
Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies
2017 Gender & Social Development Faculty Lead-UMIA

Phone:
(305) 284-6116
Locator Code:
4410

 
About

About Merike Blofield

Merike Blofield is associate professor of political science (Ph.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill, 2003). A native of Finland, she has lived in Canada, Chile, Brazil, Argentina and the United States. Blofield has published two-single-authored books (Care Work and Class: Domestic Workers’ Struggle for Equal Rights in Latin America, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012; The Politics of Moral Sin: Abortion and Divorce in Spain, Chile and Argentina, Routledge, 2006), and one edited volume (The Great Gap: Inequality and the Politics of Redistribution in Latin America, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2011). Care Work and Class won the National Women’s Studies Association Sara A. Whaley Book Award for 2013. Among other journals, she has published in Comparative Politics, Latin American Research Review and Social Politics, and has directed projects funded by the Ford Foundation (2007-2009) and Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do São Paulo (2012).

Career

Education

1994B.A. Political Science York University
1996 Political Science York University
2003Ph.D. Political Science UNC-Chapel Hill

Professional Experience

2003 - 2006Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Grand Valley State University
2006 - 2010Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Miami
2011 - 2012Visiting Research Professor, INSPER
2010 - Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Political Science, University of Miami
2015 - Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program , University of Miami
2017 - Faculty Lead, Gender and Social Development, University of Miami Institute for the Advanced Study of the Americas

Honors & Acknowledgements

Fellowships

2013

Provost Research Award, University of Miami, $17,000


2012

Visiting Research Fellowship, “The Incomplete Revolution” in Brazil: Understanding the
Changing Role of Women and Government Policy Responses.” Fundação de Amparo à
Pesquisa do São Paulo (FAPESP), $ Reais 83,752/$US 41,876


2012

Associated Researcher. Survey Research Project Grant on “Gender Relations, Family
Dynamics and Labor Force Participation Among Low-Income Families in São Paulo”.
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do São Paulo (FAPESP), $ Reais 73,665/ $US 36,832


2007-9

Project Director, Observatory on Inequality in Latin America, at the University of
Miami, funded by the Ford Foundation, $300,000 (see www.observatoryla.org)


2007

General Research Support Award, University of Miami, $4,720


2005

Summer Research Grant, (Italy and Spain), Grand Valley State University, $5,000


2001

Dissertation Field Research Fellowship (Argentina), The Graduate School, UNC-Chapel
Hill, $7000


2000

Doctoral Field Research Grant (Spain, Chile and Argentina), Institute for the Study of
World Politics, $10,000


2000

Doctoral Field Research Grant (Chile), UNC-Duke Flacso-Chile Exchange Program
Ford Foundation, $7,000


1997

Doctoral fellowship, The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada,
2000 $ 36,000 Cdn

Recipient of National Women’s Studies Association Sara A. Whaley Book Award on best book on women and labor for Care Work and Class
2013
Best Conference Paper (2nd prize). Feudal Enclaves and Political Reforms: Domestic Workers in Latin America. Latin American Studies Association Gender Section
2007

Conferences & Events

2017
Presenter, UNICEF Conference on early childhood policies, “Primera Infancia: Una oportunidad clave para desarrollo” | Montevideo, Uruguay
2016
Presenter, “Human Rights and Families”, United Nations Friendship Retreat for UN Diplomats, | Hamilton, Bermuda
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Memberships

Co-President, “Women and Politics” section of the American Political Science Association (elected August 2017)
2018-2020
Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter on families for the International Panel on Social Progress

2015-2018

Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter on families for the International Panel on Social
Progress, modeled after the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, to address
social challenges of the 21st century (http://www.ip-socialprogress.org/). This is a global
project, with the participation of about 200 academics from around the world.

Member of nominations committee for the Executive Council of LASA (Latin American Studies Association)
2014
Co-associate editor, LASA Forum, trimestral publication of the Latin American Studies Association
2012
Co-chair of the conference track on “Citizenship, Rights, and Justice”

2012

Co-chair of the conference track on “Citizenship, Rights, and Justice” for the Latin
American Studies Association 2013 LASA Congress

Co-organizer of the Women and Politics section pre-conference at the American Political Science Association Conference
 Washington D.C., Sept. 1., 2010
Reviewer of grant applications for the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Fulbright and for the Norwegian Research Council
2009 - 10
Editorial Board Member, Latin American Politics and Society
2007-present
Research

LIST OF SPECIALTIES: Comparative politics, Latin American politics, Gender and politics, Social and labor policies

Publications

Blofield, Merike Care Work and Class: Domestic Workers’ Struggle for Equal Rights in Latin America (Pennsylvania State University Press. 2012).


Blofield, Merike The Politics of Moral Sin: Abortion and Divorce in Spain, Chile and Argentina (New York, New York, Routledge. 2006).


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